Night Bus

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$34.95  $32.50
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6.0 X 8.4 X 1.4 inches | 1.89 pounds
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About the Author

Zuo Ma was born in Zhijiang City in 1983. After graduating from the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology in 2005, he began his career as a cartoonist and freelance illustrator. Ma is considered one of the leaders in the nascent Chinese alternative comics scene.


[Night Bus explores] memories of a vanishing China and track[s] the dramatic changes wrought on the landscape by industrialization.--The New Yorker

Readers will awe at Ma's transporting visions.--Publishers Weekly

Layered, poetic, deeply personal stories about a young artist and a country in transition. The dream-like, sometimes uncomfortable stories and highly rendered environments feel like echoes of Tsuge or Tatsumi updated for a new generation.--Matt Forsythe, Pokko and the Drum

Night Bus depicts sleepy, starry, bug swarmed countrysides, far away from the turmoil I currently experience. The book sparked far off memories of catching bugs and chance encounters with strange kids and adults doing things I found puzzling and objectionable. These memories make me want to fall into a coma and escape the oppressive stress of city life. The depictions of mundane existence, concerns about the elderly, and Zuo Ma's own career path drift seamlessly into moody creature fantasies that at times escalate into full-on kaiju sequences. The darkened, cinematic faces linger.--Jesse Moynihan, Forming, Midnight Gospel, Adventure Time

Ma--a leader in China's alternative comics scene--thoughtfully annotates each story with provenance and original publication, layering context and personal experience into his graphic memories. In this homage to familial storytelling, Ma--translated into English by small comics publisher Martin--succeeds in creating an intriguing portrait of an artistic young man showcasing his well-earned individuality.--Booklist